Here we are in autumn again. The nights are getting nippier and the ponies are getting fluffier. Summer grows a coat that is plush like a teddy bear. Bonnie just goes all Hairy Maclary on us.
In the garden our summer veggie and fruit crops are winding down. Because it was so dry neither the strawberries nor the tomatoes took off until March. It’s a lovely compensation having a few fruits still ripening up.
One of my most important jobs over winter and spring will be building the soil in that veggie garden. The more horse poo and compost I can pile in there now, the more drought-resistant it will be next summer.
As the warm weather goodies disappear, here come some ingredients we’ll be using in the winter kitchen. Pretty soon I need to get onto planting out the vampire harvest.
More garden news; when we left our old house I took some rose cuttings. Not all of them sprouted, but ‘Duchess de Brabant’ did me proud. I planted her out last month and she is enthusiastically producing a few late-season blooms.
Finally, I know you are all just itching to hear what I’ll be wearing with my cowboy boots this winter. So far my favorite outfit is a pair of tan coloured Workshop cords which I picked up for 50c (I know! Calm down!), a cerulean blue merino, and this orange scarf — all from the Whangarei Hospice Shop. The denim jacket, like my boots, is an old classic that just keeps on giving.
What autumn things are happening around your place? Are you hairier than usual? Have you found any exciting additions to your cold weather wardrobe at the op shop? The comment box is open.